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2023 54th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 to Friday, June 02, 2023

Event #5: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-Handed

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  • Buy-in: $1,500
  • Prizepool: $608,760
  • Entries: 456
  • Remaining: 0


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Friday, June 2, 2023 2:05 PM Local Time
Racener Doubles Through Roeder

No-Limit Hold 'em

After a raise from Ryan Roeder in late position, John Racener got his last 200,000 or so in the middle and got a call from Roeder.

John Racener:   
Ryan Roeder:   

The board ran out       and Racener continued to rebuild through another small double-up.

Ryan Roeder800,000270,000
John Racener460,000135,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 1:59 PM Local Time
Nick Pupillo Eliminated in 11th Place ($7,842)

Nick Pupillo

Pot-Limit 2-7 Triple Draw

Nick Pupillo had lost half of his stack while James Johnson leaped into the top spot and the latter then also claimed the remainder of Pupillo's stack. After the second draw, Pupillo moved all in for the 380,000 he had behind and that sent Johnson into the tank before he called.

Both discarded one card and turned them over.

Nick Pupillo:     
James Johnson:     

Johnson spiked the   and Pupillo peeled his last card, then shook his head and exposed another   as he paired up to become the first casualty on Day 3.

James Johnson2,700,000600,000
Nick Pupillo0-600,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 1:52 PM Local Time
Racener Doubles Through Eveslage

John Racener


John Racener and Chad Eveslage exchanged raises before the drawing rounds until Racener was all in for a bit more than 100,000.

The players each drew two in all three rounds with Evesalge exposing     after the final draw. Unfortunately for him he picked up   , leaving him with a three-card and a pair.

Racener showed     for a better three-card and was freerolling for a scoop. He did just that after turning over    for a five Badugi and a queen low.

James Johnson2,100,000450,000
Chad Eveslage695,000-445,000
Nick Pupillo600,000-700,000
John Racener325,000-205,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 1:45 PM Local Time
Kelsall Wins a Pot Without Showdown


Nick Kost:    /     folded on fifth street
James Johnson:    /     folded on fifth street
Andrew Kelsall:    /    

Nick Kost invested a portion of his short stack three ways when Andrew Kelsall was the one to bet fourth street with the superior board, earning calls from James Johnson and Kost. Kelsall bet fifth as well and earned two folds.

"Am I really going to win a pot?" Kelsall joked and then showed that he had it with a made ten. He claimed to "be a better Day 2 player than a Day 3 player".

Andrew Brown then completed with a four but folded when Kost raised with a five showing.

Andrew Kelsall1,750,000-50,000
James Johnson1,650,000-10,000
Andrew Brown1,650,000200,000
Nick Kost245,000-60,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 1:40 PM Local Time
Kelley Scoops Twice to Chip Up

Stud 8 or Better

John Racener:    /      /  
Gregory Kelley:     /     

Gregory Kelley recovered the losses against John Racener right after when he bet until sixth street and they checked seventh. Kelley tabled kings and queens to win the pot.

Gregory Kelley:     /     
Ryan Roeder:    /      /  

Kelley then also took chips off Ryan Roeder when he bet the superior board and got paid off on seventh with a flush, as he more than doubled across the two hands.

Gregory Kelley1,150,000720,000
John Racener530,000-220,000
Ryan Roeder530,000-430,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 2, 2023 1:37 PM Local Time
Racener Essentially Doubles Without Showdown

Stud 8 or Better

John Racener:    /      /  
Gregory Kelley:    /      /  

John Racener completed and Gregory Kelley raised for Racener to call. Racener paired his queen and bet all further streets including seventh street on which he moved all-in.

Kelley peeled his last card and sighed, mucking the blank king of spades face-up. "That's not me calling," he said and then asked if someone could make the run-outs better.

John Racener750,000240,000
Gregory Kelley430,000-370,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 1:32 PM Local Time
Stud 8 is Costly For Kost

Nick Kost

Stud 8 or Better

Nick Kost:   /    
James Johnson:   /    

James Johnson raised Andrew Kelsall's bring-in and got called by Nick Kost before Kelsall folded.

Kost then faced bets on fourth through sixth streets and called them all until the end before laying his hand on seventh.

Nick Kost:   /     - folded
Andrew Brown:   /    

In the following hand, Kost called bets from Andrew Brown on fourth and fifth streets, then when faced with another on sixth street and down to just over 300,000 chips, he thought for almost two minutes before electing to release his hand.

Andrew Kelsall1,800,000-150,000
James Johnson1,660,000195,000
Andrew Brown1,450,000625,000
Nick Kost305,000-600,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 1:18 PM Local Time
More for Brown and Pupillo

Omaha 8 or better

In a battle of the blinds, David Levi and Nick Pupillo invested one bet each on the      turn and Levi checked the   on the river, Pupillo quickly bet and Levi pulled out of his chair to study the board before electing to fold.

Soon after, Andrew Brown tangled with chip leader Andrew Kelsall and earned three-quarters on a board of      . His      for a set beat the      of Kelsall in a medium-sized pot, confirming his decent start into Day 3.

Nick Pupillo1,300,000195,000
Andrew Brown825,000165,000
David Levi450,000-195,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 1:14 PM Local Time
Brown Chipping Up With Small Pots

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown came into the day as the short stack, but thanks to a couple of early small pots he is making his way up the leaderboard.

In the day's first round of Stud 8 or Better, Brown raised the bring-in with the   and got a round of folds. A couple of hands later, he himself was the bring-in, but the table folded and he earned the antes.

The game changed to Omaha 8 or Better and Brown raised in early position which got folds from the table. He showed     as the chips were pushed his way for another small pot which collectively has added almost 200,000 chips to his stack to start the day.

Andrew Brown660,000195,000
Friday, June 2, 2023 1:09 PM Local Time
Racener Loses Two Small Pots

Big O

In a limped battle of the blinds, the flop showed     and John Racener folded to a bet by Chad Eveslage.

One hand later, Clayton Mozdzen raised to 60,000 and Racener called from one seat over on the button. Gregory Kelley then raised the pot out of the big blind and Mozdzen quickly folded. Racener double-checked his stack behind and folded as well.

Clayton Mozdzen1,500,000-55,000
Chad Eveslage1,140,00045,000
Gregory Kelley800,000105,000
John Racener510,000-55,000
Playtika - Jason Alexander
Friday, June 2, 2023 1:07 PM Local Time
Rooting From the Home State
Friday, June 2, 2023 1:03 PM Local Time
Shuffle Up and Deal for the Final Two Tables

All 11 players are back in their seats in the Horseshoe Event Center. Table 672 has three more hands of Stud 8 or Better remaining while Table 672 has one hand of Badacey, after which a new game will be selected.

Friday, June 2, 2023 10:48 AM Local Time
Andrew "AJ" Kelsall Aiming for Elusive Second Bracelet in $1,500 Dealer's Choice

Andrew Kelsall

"I gotta run good tomorrow. I always run good until this stage."

These were some of Andrew Kelsall's parting thoughts as he bagged up his tournament-leading chip stack at the conclusion of Day 2 of World Series of Poker Event #5: $1,500 Dealer's Choice.

While Kelsall has 158 cashes and a bracelet on his esteemed WSOP resume, there are several 'so close yet so far' moments attached to that WSOP CV, most notably a runner-up finish in this very event in 2021.

Kelsall's words aren't unfounded, as a look at his results in recent WSOP Day 3's confirms that he has been within sniffing distance of more WSOP gold but has come just short.

Andrew Kelsall Recent WSOP Day 3 Results

2022Event #23: $3,000 6-Handed Limit Hold 'em6th$21,170
2022Event #31: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship9th$31,552
2022Event #38: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship8th$31,796
2021Event #7: $1,500 Dealer's Choice2nd$60,514
2021Event #36: $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship6th$42,646

To return to that elusive mountaintop, Kelsall will have to navigate through ten talented remaining opponents including a pair of bracelet winners in Chad Eveslage (1,095,000) and John Racener (565,000).

Other notables still in the mix include Andrew Brown (465,000), who has deep run experience in this event, having placed 3rd in 2016. David Levi (645,000) is a long-time veteran of the WSOP who's right in the mix for his first-ever bracelet. Nick Pupillo (1,105,000) has more recently ventured into the WSOP mixed game arena but has a pair of final table appearances in WSOP Circuit H.O.R.S.E. events this year.

Event #5: $1,500 Dealer's Choice Day 3 Seat Draw

TableSeatPlayerCountryChip Count
Feature 11James JohnsonUnited States1,465,000
Feature 12Andrew BrownUnited States465,000
Feature 13Nick KostUnited States905,000
Feature 14Andrew KelsallUnited States1,950,000
Feature 15David LeviUnited States645,000
Feature 16Nick PupilloUnited States1,105,000
Feature 21Clayton MozdzenCanada1,555,000
Feature 23John RacenerUnited States565,000
Feature 24Chad EveslageUnited States1,095,000
Feature 25Gregory KelleyUnited States695,000
Feature 26Ryan RoederUnited States960,000

The action kicks off at 1 p.m. local time on two of the feature tables in the Horseshoe Event Center and PokerNews will be there to bring you all the action until someone claims the WSOP gold bracelet and the $131,879 first prize it comes with.

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